Countywide Office of Violence Prevention
On February 19, 2019, the LA County Board of Supervisors unanimously passed a motion to officially establish and fund the Office of Violence Prevention within the Department of Public Health (DPH). The charge of this office is to improve coordination and support existing efforts across the county to prevent multiple forms of violence, through a renewed focus on prevention, and to ensure that strategies are responsive to community, and trauma informed. One of the first tasks of the office is to develop an Early Implementation Strategic Plan to identify initial priorities for OVP implementation that best utilizes existing resources and fosters healing through innovation, coordination, communication, and policy change.
The Strategic Plan will guide the infrastructure and initial priorities of OVP and will include:
Intersection of multiple forms of violence and contributing factors (i.e. child maltreatment, intimate partner violence, teen dating violence, sexual violence, suicide prevention, youth violence, gang violence, gun safety and policy, elder abuse, systemic violence)
Prevention and intervention, trauma and healing informed approaches, community development/leadership, place-based approaches
Best and promising practices and strategies designed for specific populations
Coordinating violence prevention data and research
Common messaging and communications
Centralized coordination and connecting community organizations, county departments and partners to build capacity and align efforts
Advancing policy and systems change
We are grateful for the tremendous show of support from stakeholders across the county and from multiple county department in helping to establish the OVP. We look forward to ongoing conversations to ensure that a wide range of voices and perspectives is incorporated to inform the strategic plan and the work ahead.
More details about work done to date can be found in the sections below. If you have questions or comments about OVP or would like to be included in an upcoming listserv, contact us at email@example.com or call 213.351.1901.